Carpenters wow public with medieval techniques at Notre Dame

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PARIS — With precision and boundless energy, a team of carpenters used medieval techniques to raise up — by hand — a three-ton oak truss over the weekend in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, a replica of the wooden structures that were consumed in the landmark’s devastating April 2019 fire that also toppled its spire.

The demonstration to mark European Heritage Days gave the hundreds of people a first-hand look at the rustic methods used 800 years ago to build the triangular frames in the nave of Notre Dame de Paris.

It also showed that the decision to replicate the cathedral in its original form was the right one, said Gen. Jean-Louis Georgelin, who heads the cathedral’s reconstruction.

“It shows … firstly that we made the right choice in choosing to rebuild the carpentry identically, in oak from France,” Georgelin said in an interview. “Secondly, it shows us the …

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Travel industry calls for COVID-19 rescue package during its ‘darkest time’

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A proposal to create “travel bubbles” with certain countries is among a suite of measures the industry is lobbying the Federal Government to roll out in a bid to save the ailing sector.

Travel agents across the NSW Mid North Coast met Cowper MP Pat Conaghan this week to discuss the need for customised support, including the creation of travel agreements with New Zealand and possibly Japan or Singapore.

“We really need to have some assistance and targeted assistance for our specific industry, like the building industry has, to keep us afloat,” Bellingen-based travel agent James Cracknell said.

“We have got no revenue coming in and probably not coming in for the next 12 to 18 months.”

The peak body for the sector, the Australian Federations of Travel Agents (AFTA) said international and state border closures had created more than $4 billion in losses.

Many of its 40,000 workers nationwide

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Scots are warned to avoid all but essential travel across border into Northumberland

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Scotland took steps to cut itself off from England today after tough new Covid restrictions were announced across swathes of the North East amid a coronavirus spike.

Scots were told only to cross the border into Northumberland for ‘essential purposes’ like work and school after a new local lockdown left 10 million Britons facing tougher restrictions.

The rules, which include a 10pm curfew on pubs and bars, will affect Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and County Durham. 

Dr Keith Allan, NHS Borders’ director of public health, said travel was only recommended for ‘essential purposes’ including school and work, reported The Scotsman. 

‘We are continuing to see increased numbers of cases of Covid-19 across the UK, with our neighbouring local authority area of Northumberland now facing restrictions on people mixing, and curfews in pubs,’ he said.

‘As a result we recommend that people in the Borders should only

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry ditch royal titles for upcoming television event

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal titles were ditched for the first time in a promo video for their upcoming television appearance.

The Duke and Duchess will be honored for TIME Magazine’s annual list of 100 of the world’s most influential people.

ABC will air the special on Sept. 22, the first time the magazine is doing a television event.


In a new promotional video announcing guest appearances, the Duchess of Sussex, 39, and the Duchess of Sussex, 36, were introduced simply as “Harry and Meghan.”

However, a TIME article about the event lists the duo as the “Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.”

It’s unclear if the couple will opt to introduce themselves without royal titles.


Britain's Harry and Meghan the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive to attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London.

Britain’s Harry and Meghan the Duke and

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Douglas statue comes down, but Lincoln had racist views, too

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FILE – In this May 22, 2020 file photo, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker answers questions from the media, from his office at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill., in front of a painting painting depicting a political debate in Charleston, Ill., on Sept. 18, 1858 between Stephen A. Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, Pool File)/The State Journal-Register via AP)


With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery.

Just inside the Statehouse hangs another revered depiction of an Illinois legend — and longtime Douglas rival — who expressed white supremacist views: Abraham Lincoln. The immense painting in the governor’s second-floor office depicts a Sept. 18, 1858,

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Is Airline Travel Picking Up?

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It might seem like a lifetime ago since you last flew. Many frequent flyers are staying on the ground in 2020 and perhaps taking a road trip instead. Even so, more people are flying now than during the opening weeks of the pandemic. But are airline travel volumes continuing to increase?

Airline Travel Bottomed In April

Airlines were the least busy in April 2020 when the daily number of TSA checkpoint screenings reached their lowest levels. April 22, 2020, is the last day of fewer than 100,000 screenings (98,968 to be precise).

Since the mid-April low, the daily screening

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Ireland advises against all non-essential travel, tightens Dublin Covid-19 restrictions as cases surge – travel

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The Irish government on Friday announced strict new COVID-19 restrictions for the capital Dublin, banning indoor restaurant dining and advising against all non-essential travel, after a surge in cases in recent days.

Ireland, which was one of the slowest countries in Europe to emerge from lockdown, has seen average daily case numbers roughly double in the past two weeks and significant increases in those being treated for the virus in hospitals.

“Here in the capital, despite people’s best efforts over recent weeks, we are in a very dangerous place,” prime minister Micheal Martin said in a televised address to the country, announcing the restrictions.

“Without further urgent and decisive action, there is a very real threat that Dublin could return to the worst days of this crisis.”

The measures, which include a ban on indoor events, will last for three weeks, he said.

Ireland had the 17th highest COVID-19 infection

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Pokemon Go September Community Day Is Today: Shiny Porygon, Bonuses, Event Move, And More

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Pokemon Go players have had a variety of activities to enjoy in the game this month, from the ongoing Mega Evolution-themed Mega September event to the return of Articuno, and now September’s Community Day has arrived. This month’s event takes place today, Sunday, September 20, and to help you prepare for it, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about September’s Community Day–from its start time to the special event-exclusive move you can learn this month and more–below.

September’s Featured Pokemon: Porygon


The Virtual Pokemon Porygon is the featured Pokemon for September’s Community Day. Throughout the event, Porygon will spawn in the wild much more frequently than normal, making this a good opportunity to stock up on Porygon Candy. On top of that, you’ll be able to catch a Shiny Porygon in the game for the first time during the event.

September’s Community Day Move: Tri Attack

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Mother Nature conspiring to keep travel more arduous than usual

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Mother Nature is working overtime to get our attention. For travelers, the signals are harder-than-ever to ignore.

The battle with the COVID-19 global pandemic started at the beginning of the year, bringing air and cruise travel to a standstill. While the coronavirus still rages (nearly 200,000 have died in the U.S. alone), some travelers set their sights on trips within the U.S., since most international destinations still are closed to U.S. travelers.

The fares are low and the airlines are working overtime to inspire confidence with travelers with extra cleaning, universal mask-wearing and empty middle seats.

California is a favorite holiday spot with Alaskans. But southern California started heating up, with September temperatures of 110-120 F. Then came the wildfires throughout the state, many of which were sparked by lightening.

Soon, fires started in Washington and Oregon as well. Much of the West Coast still is on fire. The air

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2020 UFC event schedule: Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa, Holly Holm vs. Irene Aldana highlight cards

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UFC has made good on its promise to never stop running live events throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Despite cancelling a handful of shows early on, the premier mixed martial arts organization in the world has had events just about every week since May 9. 

After seeing Justin Gaethje, Amanda Nunes and Kamaru Usman shine in PPV main events over the last three months, it was Stipe Miocic’s time in August. The heavyweight champ completed his rivalry with Daniel Cormier by scoring a unanimous decision win over the the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champ at UFC 252. One week later, former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar took the spotlight over as he was successful in his bantamweight debut with a split-decision win over Pedro Munhoz.

To wrap up its latest stay in Las Vegas, UFC brought out some of its stars. Colby Covington outworked Tyron Woodley over four grueling

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